The Mississippi – French Whalers Garden
The French Whaler Mississippi’s anchorage was Rossiter Bay named after her captain who was made famous for his rescue of overland explorers Edward John Eyre and Wylie.
Captain Rossiter had opened up whaling grounds in New Zealand and was forging new successful sites.
In 1841 there were plans to establish a base to catch and process whales in Rossiter Bay.
The crew introduced goats , sheep and tortoises on an island in the bay and established a small garden of vegetables in a clearing next to a creek on the mainland. Shooting game was practiced at the fresh water lake behind Thistle Cove.
A strange romance of rugged coastal heath-land nurturing a small European Eco-system.
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